Moments ago, the two candidates of the very controversial 2016 American presidential election, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, went head to head in the first round of the presidential debate. This debate took place at Hofstra University, at which the nominees began 90 minutes of heated arguments.
Lester Holt, news anchor for NBC, moderated Clinton and Trump as they began to fight for the defense of their policies, while also continuously attacking each other.
Back and forth, snide remarks were made. Trump critiqued Clinton’s view on foreign policy in the Middle East as he stated, “You’re telling the enemy everything you want to do. No wonder you’ve been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.” Trump maintained his opposition to the Iraq War, and insured that anything claiming he initially supported it was “mainstream media nonsense.”
Millions of dollars of support from Trump’s father had always stood in the way of his claim as a self-made millionaire. Clinton did not falter to mention this, while also criticizing his “trumped-up trickle-down” economic plans. To this, Trump replied, “my father gave me a very small loan.” He then continued on to defend his plan to lower taxes for the wealthy. Clinton joked, “I have a feeling by the end of this evening, I’m going to be blamed for everything that’s ever happened.” Trump quickly fired back with, “Why not?”
Trump addressed that he did not believe that Clinton had the ‘stamina’ to become president. Clinton quickly remarked, “as soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities and nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina.”
When asked about his earlier accusation that Barack Obama was not originally born in the US, Trump argued that he did not intend to say that, rather he was enticed to get involved and shortly ended it afterwards. He noted that it was him that “got Obama to produce his birth certificate” in the midst of the controversy, helping to silence any concern.
Trump was in hot water for refusing to release his tax returns. He insisted that when Clinton “releases her 33,000 e-mails that have been deleted, I will release my tax returns.” To this, the audience abruptly broke out in applause, which was shortly silenced by Holt.
Clinton claimed that Trump had “publicly invited Putin to hack into” American systems and bashed his praise towards the Russian president. Trump stated the fact that it was unclear as to the direct source of the hackings. It could have just as easily been China, or a sole hacker weighing “400 pounds,” according to Trump.
Both Trump and Clinton agreed upon the terms that race remains a struggle in America. Clinton added that the criminal justice system is biased towards minorities and treats them extremely unjustly. Trump noted that “African-Americans and Hispanics are living in hell. You walk down the streets, you get shot.”
The candidates ended the debate by answering simply if they would accept the results of the election as the will of the voters. Trump replied, “if she wins, I will absolutely support her.” Clinton also gave her respects with, “I certainly will support the outcome of this election.”